Hi! I’m a self-taught pastry chef, author, and cake design instructor. 

Erin Gardner | Erin Bakes

I began my career in sweets as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, most notably at Boston’s legendary Locke Ober.  After a sugar flower class in NYC, I struck out on my own and opened Wild Orchid Baking Co.  I had found my passion in sugar flowers and finally felt at home baking, designing, and decorating cakes.  After opening my shop, I competed and won on Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and received nods from both Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides Magazine as one of the top wedding cake pros in the country.  Brides also included a cake of mine as one of America’s Prettiest Wedding Cakes. 

With baby #2 on the way and increased writing and teaching demands, I made the big decision to move on from Wild Orchid Baking Co. and launch my new website, Erin Bakes. Here I get to share with you beautiful, fun, and accessible recipes and techniques that combine my fine pastry skills and modern cake designs. Besides writing for my own site, I’m also a regular contributor for The Cake Blog, Handmade Charlotte, and Craftsy

In my first book, Great Cake Decorating, I demystify working with fondant for the home-baker, encouraging decorators of all levels to dive in and create their own delicious and beautiful works of sugar art!

When I’m not playing with cake, you’ll find me enjoying the gorgeous New Hampshire seacoast with my wonderful husband and kids.

Erin Gardner | Erin BakesMy cakes have been featured in Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, The Knot, OK Magazine, The Huffington Post, Grace Ormonde, HGTVs DIY Network, TLCs Parentables, American Cake Decorating, Cake Masters, and on many cake decorating and wedding blogs.

Erin Gardner | Erin Bakes